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Deckvest 6D vs Deckvest VITO

The Deckvest 6D and Deckvest Vito both offer the ultimate performance lifejacket with a few key differences to suit your requirements.  

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Deckvest 6D

  • Optimised for cruising and offshore
  • UML Pro Sensor Elite inflator – activated once in contact with the water, the more well-known inflation system offering simplicity for rearming and good performance from offshore to inshore.
  • Front opening with unique quick fasten buckle with smooth body adjuster
  • Four colours (Blue, Grey, Yellow and White)

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Deckvest Vito

  • Optimised for performance cruising and racing
  • Hammar inflator – activated once a certain water pressure is reached. A more performance inflation system designed to resist accidental inflation within the tough offshore racing environment.
  • Side entry with course and fine tune adjustment for a full custom fit
  • One colour (Black)

Deckvest VITO and Deckvest 6D common features

  • Sprayhood fitted
  • LUME-ON lights fitted
  • PYLON light fitted
  • HRS – Harness release system compatible
  • One Size fits all
  • 170N and 275N Available
  • MOB1 AIS compatible
  • Cutter attachment point
  • Toggle attachment points for chest pack
  • 40mm single crotch strap

Harness Release System (HRS)

Spinlock's Deckvest VITO and Deckvest 6D both have the option of a Harness Release System (HRS), a soft loop attachment point for a safety line which can be released in an emergency to free a person from their safety line.

• Activation handle located behind soft loop, easy to locate, grab and pull
• Soft loop attachment released and open
• User separated from safety line and boat
• Easily reset to use again
• ISO12402-1 Deck Safety Harness

The Spinlock Harness Release System (HRS) is a new innovation which enables the wearer to disconnect from the safety line by releasing a lever behind the soft loop safety line attachment point of the lifejacket harness.

What is HRS?

Spinlock still considers a knife to be an essential piece of carried equipment. However, we have yet to develop a reliable consistent safety line clip release system. Instead, we are focused on developing a release system of the actual lifejacket harness. Testing showed that the harness release system needed to be simple to understand, simple to use and simple to maintain as well as reliable over the lifetime of the lifejacket. At the same time, the harness release system must meet the requirements of the ISO12402 approval.

Staying connected to the boat is undoubtedly safer than being in the water and use of a safety line is actively encouraged. However, in the event of a fall overboard, a casualty can find themselves being dragged/trapped alongside or behind the vessel. A situation which can be hard to be released from.

Read more about the HRS development here.

If required – at an additional cost, Spinlock can upgrade any Deckvest 6D to include the new Harness Release System.